SO MUCH AWESOME happened yesterday! My gym hosted a fundraiser for the families of the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School, and I was extremely honored to be a part of it! It was also the launch of my PaleoMeister line!!! EEEEK! So, I arrived very early in the morning to start slinging Paleo treats. By the end of the day, I had sold ALL but 10 items, drank entirely too much coffee, watched some amazing folks participate in a throwdown workout, and spread my Paleo treat love to the masses 🙂 Oh, and we just happened to raise about $2,000 for an excellent cause. No idea is ever too out there or too crazy…..in the words of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Rocky Horror reference FTW!) “Don’t dream it, BE IT!” Saturday morning was an idea put into reality. Here are a couple of pics of me doing my thing:
Me, getting real with my set up. Come at me, and buy some treats!! Boom.
How cute are these gals?!? I mean seriously!! And look how excited they are to be enjoying my treats! Eating Paleo makes you (and your belly) happy. It’s a fact.
See! I told you it was crazy exciting! I ended up selling Chocolate Chunk Cookies, “Oreo” balls, and Maple Bacon Blondies…..which I’m gonna gift to you right now! A word of warning, these are technically Paleo, but very much a treat…..and they are absolutely FREAKING out of this world amazing!!!!
Maple Bacon Blondies
These are a 3 step process: candying the bacon, baking the brownie, and smothering it in chocolate and candied bacon.
Step 1: Candy your bacon
- 1 lb. of thick cut uncured bacon
- 1 tablespoon Grade B Maple Syrup
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with foil, and place a drying rack on top of the baking sheet. Arrange the bacon slices on the drying rack and with a pastry brush, brush the bacon with maple syrup. Bake for 30-40 minutes (this depends on the thickness of the bacon). Start checking the bacon at about 25 minutes into baking. Continue to check every 5 minutes until bacon is very crisp. Allow bacon to cool completely before chopping into small pieces.
Step 2: Making the Brownies
- 1 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 3/4 cup Grade B Maple Syrup
- 1/4 cup Coconut Palm Sugar
- 2 and 1/2 cups Almond Flour
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 package Enjoy Life mini chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Brush a 9 x 13 METAL baking pan with some melted coconut oil. You MUST use a metal pan for these….if you use glass, they will get destroyed when trying to get them out of the pan. Sad day.
- In a large bowl, add melted coconut oil and coconut palm sugar. Using a hand mixer, begin to blend together.
- Add in the maple syrup and continue mixing together until the ingredients come together. It may take a couple of minutes to get the oil to incorporate fully with the syrup.
- Next, add in your eggs, vanilla, and salt. Continue to blend until the eggs are totally mixed in.
- Slowly add in the almond flour and baking soda, mixing it in well until the batter is smooth. It will still be a bit soupy, and that’s ok!
- Stir in your chocolate chips (set aside 1/4 cup of the chocolate chips to melt down for the topping later).
- Pour batter into pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. They will brown up.
- Allow to cool completely.
Step 3: Assembling your masterpiece
- When brownies have cooled completely you can begin this process, DON’T rush this! It won’t all set up right if you start this while the brownies are still warm!
- In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup of chocolate chips you set aside earlier with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Microwave it in 30 second increments, stirring between each zapping session until chocolate is melted.
- Pour melted chocolate over the pan of brownies and spread into a thin layer covering the full pan.
- Sprinkle your chopped up candied bacon over the pan of brownies. Be generous with this, you know you want to.
- Place the pan of brownies in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.
- When they are fully set and you are ready to cut them, run a sharp knife under very hot water before cutting….it will help you cut through the chocolate and not break it up!
- Remove them from the pan using a spatula. They can be finnicky to get out, and just accept the fact that they first one out of the pan might get destroyed. It happens, no big deal.
- These are super rich, so I would suggest cutting them into smaller brownies. You could get 18-24 out of the pan. If you are living large, cut it into 12 brownies and live it up!
- STUFF YOUR FACE WITH GOODNESS!
Hope you love these! They made people VERY happy at the event on Saturday! Sending Paleo blondie love.